Sunday, December 20, 2009
The 1975 book Midworld, by Alan Dean Foster and the current movie AVATAR.
I had the pleasure of reading A.D. Fosters book Midworld when I was a soldier, stationed on Guam for 15 months. I remember longing for nothing as I paged through the grand megalithic descriptive language of the flora, fauna, peoples and levels which comprised survival on that distant orb. I recall the hostile intent of the would be despoilers of it's botanical secrets, their means and their ultimate fate. I recall the heroes, heroines antiheroes and shills. At once I knew that watching a movie of these components interact could never be as exhilarating as the images I could conjure up in my minds eye of this dangerous and wondrous place A.D. Foster had described so vividly in Midworld. After seeing the movie Avatar, I was required to recall these rich impressions. Read the book, then see the movie. You may appreciate Mr. James Cameron's film work and achievement in the new film Avatar even more fully.